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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first entered popular culture. Over the centuries packs of cards, in all shapes and sizes, have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity. All over the world, whatever language is spoken, their significance is universal. Their popularity is also due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

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Tourist souvenir playing cards depict the aesthetic, political, social and economic conceptions of the countries to which they belong. They feature beauty spots, local customs, gastronomy, historic ruins or other attractions.

Souvenir Playing Cards

Tourist souvenir playing cards depict the aesthetic, political, social and economic conceptions of the countries to which they belong. They feature beauty spots, local customs, gastronomy, historic ruins or other attractions.

Souvenir Playing Cards

Polska

Polska with artwork by Katarzyna Tomala & Krzysztof Korzeniak, 2011.

Polska

Ethiopian

Ethiopian playing cards designed for the Ethiopian Tourist Organization by Afewerk Teklé.

Ethiopian

Sapra Studio Original

Sapra Studio Original playing cards featuring wild animals of S Africa, 1999.

Sapra Studio Original

Brazil Pictorial Aces

Genoese pattern with Pictorial Aces for Brazil by Brepols, Turnhout, c.1920.

Brazil Pictorial Aces

El Al Airlines

El Al Airlines deck designed by Jean David, Israel, c.1970.

El Al Airlines

Dynastie Royale de Belgique

Dynastie Royale de Belgique by Mesmaekers, 1934.

Dynastie Royale de Belgique

French Revolution

Bicentenaire de la Révolution Française 1789–1989 created by Christian Offroy.

French Revolution

Souvenir from Zakynthos

Souvenir from Zakynthos by Euro Card.

Souvenir from Zakynthos

Souvenir of Norway

Souvenir of Norway deck.

Souvenir of Norway

Views of New Zealand

Views of New Zealand published by G.B.Scott Souvenirs, Auckland, c.1960.

Views of New Zealand

New Zealand Souvenir

Souvenir from New Zealand by Croxley (John Dickinson) c.1950.

New Zealand Souvenir

Ocean to Ocean Canada Souvenir

“Ocean to Ocean” Canadian Pictorial Souvenir pack by Chas Goodall & Son Ltd, c.1912.

Ocean to Ocean Canada Souvenir

Ocean to Ocean Souvenir of Canada, c.1905

Ocean to Ocean Souvenir of Canada by Chas Goodall & Son Ltd, c.1905.

Ocean to Ocean Souvenir of Canada, c.1905

Red Sea

Red Sea fish identification cards published in several languages by Horus of Egypt, 2005.

Red Sea

Folklore No.169

Austrian Folklore deck first published by Piatnik in 1934.

Folklore No.169

Baraja Turística de España

Baraja Turística de España by Heraclio Fournier, 1966.

Baraja Turística de España

Discover Romania

Discover Romania souvenir published by Editura Foton, 2010.

Discover Romania

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah

Gold plated souvenir playing cards from the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel in Dubai.

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah

Romania Unique Places

Romania Unique Places souvenir playing cards by Age Art.

Romania Unique Places

Erlenmeyer City Sights

Erlenmeyer City Sights hand-illustrated playing cards by Stephanie Gray, 2015.

Erlenmeyer City Sights

Greek Mythology

Greek Mythology playing cards published by Michalis Toubis S.A., 1995.

Greek Mythology

Lakeland

Lakeland playing cards by Stuart Lawrence depicting famous characters & views of England’s Lake District, c.1988.

Lakeland

Venezuela Baraja Turística

Venezuela Souvenir deck by Heraclio Fournier, c.1980s.

Venezuela Baraja Turística

Papua New Guinea

Souvenir playing cards from the culturally diverse southwestern Pacific island of Papua New Guinea.

Papua New Guinea

Provinces de France

Jeu des Provinces de France published by Éditions Dusserre, 1979.

Provinces de France

Nepal Souvenir

Souvenir from Nepal marketed by Himalayan Map House

Nepal Souvenir

Sorrento Napoletane

Souvenir of Sorrento by Carte Da Gioco Muoio, Naples, c.2010

Sorrento Napoletane

Trinidad Carnival Playing Cards

“Allfours Carnival Playing Cards” designed by Gabby Woodham, Trinidad, 1995

Trinidad Carnival Playing Cards

Maldives Scenery

Maldives Scenery By Bamboo Souvenirs.

Maldives Scenery

Altenburger Bauerntrachten

“Altenburger Bauerntrachten” commemorating 150 years of playing cards from Altenburg, designed by Andreas Wachter, 1982.

Altenburger Bauerntrachten

Royal Pavilion at Brighton

The Royal Pavilion, also known as the Brighton Pavilion, is an Asian-style palace built for King George IV when he was Prince of Wales.

Royal Pavilion at Brighton

Menorca Souvenir by Savir S.A.

Menorca Souvenir by Savir S.A., Barcelona, c.1980.

Menorca Souvenir by Savir S.A.

Scottish Picture Playing Cards

Scottish Picture Playing Cards featuring photographs by Colin Baxter, 1987

Scottish Picture Playing Cards

East African Playing Cards

East African Playing Cards by Heraclio Fournier S.A., 1957.

East African Playing Cards

The Summer Palace

The Summer Palace, Beijing, China, c.1998.

The Summer Palace

The Blue Train (Bloutrein)

“The Blue Train” playing cards from the luxury train service in South Africa.

The Blue Train (Bloutrein)

Norway’s Beauty Spots

Views of Norway’s Beauty Spots Souvenir playing cards published by Nyborg in collaboration with Oslo Travel Association, 1950s.

Norway’s Beauty Spots

Saint-Martin Island Souvenir

St-Martin Island Souvenir published by Editions Exbrayat.

Saint-Martin Island Souvenir

Cyprus Souvenir

Cyprus Souvenir playing cards published by Editions Michalis Toubis S.A., 1998.

Cyprus Souvenir

Vistas de Lima

Souvenir of Peru playing cards made by Standard Playing Card Co., Chicago, c.1910

Vistas de Lima

St Petersburg Souvenir

St Petersburg Souvenir playing cards, 2004

St Petersburg Souvenir

Missouri State Souvenir

Missouri Souvenir playing cards designed by OnPoint Speciality products in the USA, 2017.

Missouri State Souvenir

Russia Souvenir Playing Cards

Russia Souvenir Playing Cards published by The Bronze Horseman, c.2004.

Russia Souvenir Playing Cards

Cities of Art - Naples

Striking views of Naples, photography by Cesare Gerolimetto, produced by Dal Negro.

Cities of Art - Naples

Bulgaria Souvenir

Bulgaria Souvenir by Land of Roses Ltd

Bulgaria Souvenir

Selección Nacional de Fútbol

‘Selección Nacional de Fútbol’ playing cards published in Mexico by Novelty Corp de México S.A. de C.V., 2002

Selección Nacional de Fútbol

Egypt Souvenir

Souvenir from Egypt - the home of lovely memories - 54 colour photos, c.1980.

Egypt Souvenir

Pharaonic Souvenir of Egypt

Pharaonic Souvenir of Egypt, c.2010

Pharaonic Souvenir of Egypt

Souvenir of Turkey

Souvenir of Turkey playing cards by KS Games with scenic photographs on every card.

Souvenir of Turkey

Souvenir of New Zealand

Souvenir of New Zealand produced by Hema Maps NZ Limited

Souvenir of New Zealand